Paolo Romeo

His Eminence
Paolo Romeo
Cardinal, Archbishop emeritus of Palermo

Cardinal Romeo
Province Palermo
See Palermo
Appointed 19 December 2006
Installed 10 February 2007
Term ended 27 October 2015
Predecessor Salvatore De Giorgi
Successor Corrado Lorefice
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria Odigitria dei Siciliani
Ordination 18 March 1961
by Angelo Calabretta
Consecration 6 January 1984
by Pope John Paul II
Created Cardinal 20 November 2010
by Benedict XVI
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Born (1938-02-20) 20 February 1938
Acireale, Italy
Nationality Italian
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post
  • Titular Archbishop of Vulturia (1983–2006)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti (1983–1990)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Colombia (1990–1999)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Canada (1999–2001)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to Italy (2001–2006)
  • Apostolic Nuncio to San Marino (2001–2006)
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Paolo Romeo STL JCD (born 20 February 1938) is a Cardinal and Archbishop emeritus of Palermo. He was appointed to the see of Palermo by Pope Benedict XVI on 19 December 2006.[1]

Romeo was the fifth of nine children. After primary school he entered the seminary and began studying Theology.

His bishop sent him to Rome in 1959 to complete his academic studies and he achieved the licentiate in theology at the Gregorian University and a doctorate in canon law at the Pontifical Lateran University.

He was ordained on 18 March 1961 at the chapel of the Episcopal Seminary of Acireale, he was incardinated in the Diocese of Acireale. He continued his studies at the university and did pastoral ministry as assistant to the Scouts Group "Roma IX" in "Collegio San Giuseppe in Piazza di Spagna" and diocesan assistant of the association "Silenziosi Operai della Croce".

Diplomatic work

In 1964, he was called to the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy and on 1 January 1967 he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See. Romeo worked in the nunciatures in the Philippines, Belgium and Luxembourg and European Community, Venezuela, and Rwanda and Burundi. In 1967, he was called to the Council for Public Affairs of the Church in the Secretariat of State. At the same time, he worked as director of the "Casa Internazionale del Clero" and was regional assistant for the Lazio of the AGESC.

In 1976 he was recalled to the Vatican Secretariat of State to monitor the life of the Catholic community in the countries of Latin America and activities of the Latin American Episcopal Conference, especially at that time which involved preparation for the 3rd General Conference of that continent which opened on 29 January 1979.

On 17 December 1983 he was appointed Titular Archbishop of Vulturia by Pope John Paul II and that same day was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti. Archbishop Romeo stayed in Haiti until his appointment to serve as Nuncio in Colombia in April 1990. Nine years later he was appointed to serve as Nuncio to Canada.

Archbishop of Palermo

Styles of
Paolo Romeo
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal

On 17 April 2001 he began his period representing the Holy See in Italy and San Marino. Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Romeo to serve as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Palermo on 19 December 2006, replacing Salvatore De Giorgi, who had reached the retirement age of 75 in September 2005. In 2005 Archbishop Romeo was awarded Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.[2] Archbishop Romeo received the pallium in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on 29 June 2007 from Pope Benedict along with 45 other metropolitan archbishops. Archbishop Romeo was elected president of the Sicilian Episcopal Conference on 14 February 2007.

He was created Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria Odigitria at a consistory on 20 November 2010. He is eligible to vote in a papal conclave until his 80th birthday in 2018. In December 2010 he was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. On 3 October 2010 he welcomed Pope Benedict when he visited the Sicilian capital. Cardinal Romeo is Sicilian Grand Prior of the Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that selected Pope Francis.

At age 75 he submitted his resignation letter to Pope Francis, which was accepted on 27 October 2015.[3]


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  2. Allen Jr., John L. (27 October 2015). "Francis' Pastoral Revolution rolls on with two big picks in Italy". Retrieved 27 October 2015.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Luigi Conti
Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti
17 December 1983–24 April 1990
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Leanza
Preceded by
Angelo Acerbi
Apostolic Nuncio to Colombia
24 April 1990–5 February 1999
Succeeded by
Beniamino Stella
Preceded by
Carlo Curis
Apostolic Nuncio to Canada
5 February 1999–17 April 2001
Succeeded by
Luigi Ventura
Preceded by
Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo
Apostolic Nuncio to Italy and San Marino
17 April 2001–19 December 2006
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Bertello
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Salvatore De Giorgi
Archbishop of Palermo
19 December 2006–27 October 2015
Succeeded by
Corrado Lorefice
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